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Factors affecting dental anxiety and beliefs in an Iranian ‎population

Author(s): Jalaleddin Hamissi | ‎ Hesameddin Hamissi | Adeleh Ghoudosi | Shahrzad gholami

Journal: International Journal of Collaborative Research on Internal Medicine & Public Health
ISSN 1840-4529

Volume: 4;
Issue: 5;
Start page: 616;
Date: 2012;
Original page

Keywords: Dental anxiety | Fear | Dental health | Epidemiology | Iran

Introduction: The dentists feel influenced in taking care of patients, showing fear, anxiety, and ‎avoidance in the dental situation. ‎Objective: The aim of this study was to decide current prevalence of dental anxiety and fear in a ‎population of high school students in Qazvin, IranMethod: The study group comprise of seven hundred and eighty randomly selected high school ‎students participate in this research. There were 315 (40.38%) boys and 465 (59.62%) girls of the ‎ages between 15 and 16 years. The questions were formulated to evaluate information without ‎the need for dental examination. The data were obtained from the epidemiological study to ‎assess anxiety and fear, with the questionnaire were used. We distributed questionnaires of, ‎Dental Anxiety Scale (DAS), Dental Fear Survey (DFS). ‎Result: According to the results, dental anxiety and fear were found to be noticeably higher in ‎the study group. 29% were found High anxiety and also in 21.8% of students had high fear in ‎‎30.4% of the study subjects, in that order the highest anxiety and fear levels were found in ‎adolescents who had an extraction at their last visit. Those adultcent who had visited the dentist ‎recently found to have higher fear and anxiety levels, while lower fear and anxiety levels were ‎associated with adolescents who had never been to the dentist. The lowest fear and anxiety ‎levels were oral prophylaxes.‎Conclusion: According to our finding it may conclude that anxiety and fear are high among the ‎students with previous traumatic dental exposure
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